When does the baby start to move? Find out if your belly hurts

First, there is a difference between the baby moving and the mother being able to feel it.

In general, it is around the 6th week that the movements begin, but as the baby is still very small, the pregnant woman may still not notice these movements.

In most cases, it is only in the 20th week, between the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 5th month, that the mother begins to notice them.

Some women who are in their 2nd pregnancy may notice them before: around the 14th to the 16th week, that is, between the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th month.

This is because women who are in their first pregnancy may have difficulties in identifying movements, even confusing them with gas and intestinal colic.

By the 22nd week, the baby already weighs around 1 kG and can punch and kick, which is more easily perceived, especially when the mother is lying down.

Belly movements: when do they become more intense?

Around the 30th week (half of the 7th month), he is naturally more agitated, as he looks for the best position inside the uterus. This can create discomfort even when the mother is standing.

There is no rule or parameter for the amount of movements and they occur throughout the day. But for the more agitated, it may be important for the mother to avoid excessive sugar consumption, as it can be an extra source of energy for the baby.

After the 35th week (half of the 8th month), delivery is close and there is less space in the uterus, but you can still feel the movements, which should occur less frequently.

During the final weeks, it is normal for the pregnant woman to have pain in the pelvis and rib cage.

If there is any abnormal movement, or lack of movement, it is recommended to seek guidance from the obstetrician who accompanies that pregnancy.

Is it possible to feel the baby move at 3 months?

It depends on each pregnancy. Usually, in the first pregnancy, the mother can feel the baby moving around the end of the 4th month. Women who are in their second pregnancy can feel the movement in the 3rd. During the initial periods, the baby’s feeling of moving can also be confused with gases.

The mother can feel the baby through “sensors” on her skin. In this way, when the baby touches the inner edge of the belly, these “sensors” are activated allowing the woman to perceive the movement.

But, at 3 months of gestation , the baby is still very small and does not always touch the edge of the belly. Therefore, it is normal for the agitation to be perceived more subtly and less often.

Read more: First trimester of pregnancy: symptoms and initial care

The sensation is also similar with a slight shiver in the stomach or tickles, and can cause some cramping.

As the baby grows, it is easier to determine the movements.

Sometimes, it is possible to notice a relationship between a movement and a situation. For example, when the mother talks to the child or eats some food.

In addition, when lying down and relaxing it is possible to notice more easily if the baby is kicking.

The father, grandparents and others can feel him moving around the 25th week of gestation.

Does it hurt when the baby starts to move?

When the first movements begin to be noticed (around the 20th week), the woman may have pain in her back, lower abdomen and lower back.

Many pregnant women also feel discomfort during this period, because of the cramps caused by the baby’s womb in the womb.

In general, it is later, when the baby is older, that kicks and arm movements can cause pain. But they tend to be fleeting and not as intense.

Does the baby move every day?

Yes. And the mother must feel it stirring every day, after the 26th week.

The pregnant woman must realize that the movements increase after a meal. This is because when the pregnant woman eats, the baby also receives more energy.

Read more: What to eat during pregnancy?

In fact, it is even recommended that pregnant women eat before having prenatal exams.

Babies also sleep, so they can stay up to 12 hours without moving. But, if that time is doubled (that is, 24 hours) and the woman does not feel any movement, it is advisable to see a doctor.

When the baby is already seated and in the correct position to be born, the agitation is less. Even so, the mother must notice movements within the belly.

Remembering that healthy habits, adequate food, rest and medical monitoring are essential for the health of the mother and child.


The movement inside the belly is one of the most anticipated moments of pregnancy. Feeling the excitement of the baby is magical for mothers.

With this spell, it is also normal for concerns to arise.

For this reason, the Healthy Minute has a special content to explain everything about pregnancy such as pregnancy week by week, in addition to other information about this important stage of life. Check out!

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